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Underestimated Names In Technology

Underestimated Names In Technology

This time at TechLinu we will have a look to the geniuses whose names are undervalued and almost forgotten! These tech geniuses have done much for our tech world yet their names are underestimated.

Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf is popularly known as the “Father of the Internet”, and shares the credit for this invention with Bob Kahn. He began his work at the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and played a significant role in the development of the Internet and internet related packages. He is currently a vice-president at Google and is responsible for identifying new enabling technology that has the potential to take the Internet to the next level. Apart from doing all that he’s done, Cerf continues to play a pivotal role in keeping the Internet safe and secure at the protocol level.

Ajay V Bhatt

Do you use a pendrive? A keyboard? A mouse? A printer? If they aren’t ancient and have USB ports, you have Ajay Bhatt from Intel to thank for that. Also credited with the invention of the PCI/E slot that you happily plug your graphics cards into, Ajay Bhatt’s invention came through his own frustration with the large number of ports and compatible connectors needed for them.

He holds 31 US patents and several more are in the process of approval.

Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim

One of the most casually used services today that we take for granted had its roots in another startup, believe it or not. Youtube was co-founded by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim, all former Paypal employees.

Although there are multiple stories of how the idea originated – ranging from the difficulty of sharing video files at a dinner party to being unable to find clips of certain events online – but we can surely say that the origin has worked out quite nicely into what it is now. Youtube is fast becoming all of our go-to destination for watching or hosting videos for free, and our addiction of the website and its service is only going to grow. YouTube was then sold to Google, and now it’s a part of Google inc.

Bram Cohen

You don’t have to be a pirate with vast plundered treasures to know about the wonders of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing. After working for a number of dot com companies in the 90s, Cohen ultimately landed up at Mojonation, a software not unlike BitTorrent, but only for encrypted files. Quite soon, in 2001 he left to create BitTorrent and shared it with the world at the first CodeCon conference, organised by him and his roommate Len Sassaman. Little known fact, Cohen also worked at Valve during late 2003 to create Steam. Extra love coming his way from all the gamers in our team!

Sarah Allen

It might surprise you to know that there was a single person leading the development of Adobe Flash, Shockwave as well as the company that created Adobe After Effects. Surprising, isn’t it?
Sarah Allen attended Brown University on Rhode Island, majoring in computer science and visual arts. She also founded two startups – mobile startup Mightyverse, where she is also the CTO, and the San Francisco based Ruby on Rails consultancy, Blazing Cloud. A lot of modern day graphics designers and video editors owe their allegiance to this understated genius of the editing software world!

Karlheinz Brandenburg

Pull out your earphones and pause that track on your phone. The person you have to thank for the
most widely used music format on the internet, the Mp3, is Karlheinz Brandenburg, a German electrical engineer and mathematician. Along with this, the results of his Ph. D dissertation have formed the basis of AAC and most other modern audio compression schemes. Needless to say, he has received multiple awards in the field of technology, and our unspoken gratitude.

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